4:50 a.m. My alarm goes off. Daughter Elizabeth is up already, packing her lunch. My husband Joe didn’t have work today so we didn’t have to get up earlier.
5:10 a.m. Elizabeth’s ride is here and she leaves for the factory.
5:30 a.m. Joe gets up. I told him to sleep in since he has a chance, but he said to him 5:30 is sleeping in. I make some coffee and we relax in our recliners until it’s time to wake the children up. Nights have been cool so we usually close most of the windows at night. These chilly mornings make you think of the winter months ahead. We did have a killing frost already in some areas on Saturday morning. It affected some of my garden. That’s the earliest I can remember having a killing frost since our move to MI.
6 a.m. We get the children up to start getting ready for school. Our breakfast is biscuits and gravy.
7 a.m. Bus is here and Benjamin-14, Loretta-13, Joseph-11, Lovina-9 and Kevin-8 all leave for school. Susan-17 and Verena-15 wash the breakfast dishes. Joe does the morning chores. The 4 calves still seem to be doing well so far. No more escapes and calf chases, which we hope stays that way. I clean up the house and sweep the floors.
8:45 a.m. Susan, Verena and I leave to go help sister Emma with her cleaning. Church services will be held there Sunday. Susan and Verena go with Tiger and the pony wagon. Susan thinks Tiger needs more exercise so she decided to take him. I go with Itty Bit and the queen-size buggy. The children plan to come off the bus today at Jacob’s so we need more room to come home. The queen-size buggy has only one seat and our surrey buggy has 2 seats. Itty Bit is a smaller horse so we usually hitch her to the queen since it’s easier pulling. Joe stays home to clear out most of the garden and get it ready to till.